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  The Roanoke City Board of Elections agreed to reprint 15-thousand ballots after a candidate for city council said voters might not recognize her name on the originals...and several Virginia law enforcement agencies took part in a demonstration that showed how drones can help in help in emergency searches. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VA News link on



Photo: Taber Andrew Bain, Creative Commons

Virginia's car-title lending industry has exploded in the six years since the General Assembly crafted regulations legalizing loans that have more than 200 percent interest rates. But Virginia is not alone. States across the country are struggling to deal with payday loans and Internet loans and open-ended credit loans - a set of financial products critics call "predatory lending." 

Seagrass Comeback Bolsters Climate Change Battle

Apr 29, 2016
University of Virginia

There’s good news on the environmental front today.  Aerial surveys show a 21% increase in sea grasses – plants that store carbon and other greenhouse gases while making the Chesapeake Bay a cleaner place.  Sandy Hausman reports that Virginia is becoming a model for other countries hoping to fight climate change.

Virginia Governors Have Long History of Travel Abroad

Apr 28, 2016
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Going out to eat in London? Depending on where you are, you may now be able to order a bottle of wine made here in Virginia. Those are the kinds of export, import deals Virginia’s Governor is making as he travels across the UK, Germany, and Belgium this week. 

Jens Soering a Prisoner of Politics?

Apr 28, 2016

It’s been more than 25 years since the Commonwealth of Virginia put a German citizen in prison for killing a Bedford County couple – his girlfriend’s parents.  His story is told in a new documentary premiering in June at the Munich Film Festival. It portrays Virginia as a state where justice takes a backseat to politics.